Zimbabwe prevents Tsvangirai from attending summit

Movement for Democratic Change said Tsvangirai was due to travel to South Africa to attend a summmit of regional grouping SADC after power-sharing talks with President Robert Mugabe stalled this week.

Zimbabwe prevents Tsvangirai from attending summit
Zimbabwean authorities have prevented opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai from leaving the country to attend a regional SADC summit in South Africa after confiscating his emergency passport, an MDC official said on Thursday.

"We can't travel without passports. There's no point. In any case the plane has left and Tsvangirai has already gone back. He has no patience for this," Movement for Democratic Change Secretary-General Tendai Biti said.

"They have taken our passports. This is a reflection of their insincerity. They want to talk to us yet they behave like hooligans," he added.

The MDC said Tsvangirai was due to travel to South Africa to attend a summmit of regional grouping SADC after power-sharing talks with President Robert Mugabe stalled this week.

- Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Thursday power-sharing talks with President Robert Mugabe's government will resume.

Tsvangirai told reporters at Harare airport that negotiations cannot be judged on a deadlock over one issue, adding that there will always be people to break that deadlock.

Asked by reporters if he was still optimistic on a deal, Tsvangirai said: "Oh, yes, of course, we got our independence after how many talks? Hundreds and tens of meetings had been held." Asked whether talks will resume, he said: "Oh yes, I am sure".

Reuters
Last Mod: 14 Ağustos 2008, 17:47
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